Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house surrounded by approximately 11 acres of grounds. The house was built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and is still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.
The house, which is listed Grade I, largely retains its original Tudor form and appearance with brick-mullioned windows, crow-step gables, tall chimneys, extensive oak panelling and two priests’ hiding places. It is essentially a much-loved family home rather than a perfectly in-period showpiece and so, although there is little in the way of spectacular treasures or well-ordered scholarly collections, the paraphernalia accumulated by successive generations of the Petre family provide plenty of interest to see. Similarly, the grounds, although retaining some original features such as the stew-ponds, walled pleasure garden and lime tree walks, have simply evolved over the years in response to individual whim rather than any master plan.
Visitors may linger in the grounds after the tour.